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  • Are Your Patients Asking for Medical Cannabis as an Alternative to Opioids?

    Illinois enacted a new law last summer creating the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP), which officially launched on Jan. 31, 2019.

    In a nutshell, the OAPP offers physicians the option of certifying patients for medical cannabis to treat chronic or acute conditions that might otherwise result in opioid prescriptions.




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  • Now There’s Help for Patients Who Have Difficulty Affording Their Insulin Medication

    From 2002 to 2013, prices for insulin have tripled, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

    This whopping increase in insulin costs has hit patients’ pocketbooks pretty hard – to the point that some are rationing their insulin, which is a dangerous practice. 

    That’s why the ADA developed a program to help anyone who is struggling to pay for their insulin medication. 

    ISMS offers members a FREE patient educational flyer about the ADA’s program. 


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  • Tobacco 21 Legislation 'Reboots' in Springfield; Optimism Prevails in Press Event

    ISMS recently joined Illinois lawmakers and other public health advocacy organizations at a press conference to announce the reintroduction of Illinois' Tobacco 21 legislation, which would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

    ISMS President-Elect Paul E. Pedersen, MD, one of the speakers advocating for this legislation, lost both of his parents to lung cancer related to cigarette smoking. Dr. Pedersen noted that his parents starting smoking in their teens.


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  • Continue to Bang the Drum: Vaccines Protect Patients and Others from Life-Threatening Diseases

    Many people today have not witnessed the devastating effects of diseases like measles and polio, but those diseases still exist.

    Two cases of measles were recently reported in Champaign-Urbana. The two individuals who became infected with the measles were both college aged and unvaccinated.

    Are your patients becoming complacent about the threat of disease?

    Access a review of immunization requirements and recommendations for children, college-bound students and adults.  


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  • Welcome Reception, April 5 from 7 - 9 p.m.

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    The ISMS Annual Meeting will take place in Peoria on April 5-7, 2019, featuring networking, education, lively debates and fun!

    Our welcome reception will take place Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum

    While in town, check out the museum’s exhibition on medical inventions!

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